Prof. Dr. Philipp Berens

Philipp Berens
Prof. Dr. Philipp Berens is Full Professor of Data Science at the University of Tübingen and Director of the Hertie Institute for AI in Brain Health. Also, he is Speaker of the Excellence Cluster “Machine Learning – New Perspectives for Science” and is part of the core faculty of the Tübingen AI Center. His goal is to use machine learning to enable discoveries in basic and clinical neuroscience, with a focus on ophthalmology. He is interested in developing new algorithms whose output can be integrated into scientific or clinical workflows. His work has been recognized with a DFG Heisenberg Professorship, an ERC Starting Grant and the Bernstein Award of the German Ministry for Science and Education.
We apply machine learning algorithms to enable and accelerate discoveries in neuroscience and ophthalmology, which will ultimately allow us to diagnose diseases earlier and treat them better.

Present Positions And Title

Professor of Data Science, Director

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Since 2023Hertie Institute for AI in Brain Health, University of TübingenDirector, Professor of Data Science
Since 2019Excellence Cluster “Machine Learning – New Perspectives for Science”Speaker
2018 - 2023Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of TübingenHeisenberg-Professor
2016 - 2018Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of TübingenGroup Leader
2012 - 2016Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, TübingenPostdoc
2008 - 2012Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen & Baylor College of Medicine, HoustonPhD student

Academic Education

YearDergreeInstitutionField of Study
2017HabilitationUniversity of TübingenBiostatistics
2013Dr. rer. nat.IMPRS Neural and Behavioral Sciences, University of TübingenComputational Neuroscience
2009B.A.University of TübingenPhilosophy
2008Dipl. Inform.University of TübingenBioinformatics